China: ID data verification system

baiduBloggers and twitterers are discussing the implementation of real name registration in Baidu's micro blogging platform, Baidu Shuoba. Some speculated that Baidu, the largest search engine company in China, is connected to the government ID Data base, as the verification of the Baidu Shuoba requires a complete match of the identity card's name and number.

Prominent blogger William Long wrote in twitter:

百 度说吧对于用户身份证的验证非常特别,其后台可能连接了中国居民身份证的数据库,用户输入的身份证号码必须和姓名完全对应,才能通过认证,这说明了百度说 吧有可能和政府机关进行了深度合作。另外,在百度说吧不能随便“关注”人哦,在双方都互相关注下,对方可以不经许可得到你的手机号码。

WL: Baidu Shuoba is so disgusting, you have to input your identity card number to register an account. Are they police? if user's ID information is leaked? Who is going to take up the responsibility? If people use the information to commit online crime, who is there to monitor?
WL:The verification system in Baidu Shuoba is very distinctive, it is possible that there is a backdoor connection to the Chinese resident data base. It requires a complete match between the ID card and ID name for verification. Baidu is working closely with the government on this. Moreover, don't follow people spontaneously, once there is a mutual follow relation, the follower will get your mobile phone number.

Zhengyun, another IT expert, picked up the discussion and pointed out that Baidu, like most of the local search engine, has always been connected with the GFW filter run by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT). In his tweets he said:


Zhengyun: It seems that there is a lot of security risk in Baidu Shuoba. I suggest friends in the IT circle don't act as white mouse. As for human rights activists, the police will track you down within minutes.
Zhengyun: Baidu search engine has a connection with the MIIT, which handles the sensitive words and helps to ensure that the search result is legal. This special arrangement is a requirement sent to all search engine companies in China by the MIIT. Even Google and Bing was used to comply to such arrangement. The sensitive words and blacklists are controlled directly by MIIT.

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